On Friday, Mahathir Mohamadon Prime Minister of Malaysia said that Zakir Abdul Karim Naik the controversial Islamic preacher will not be deported to India.
As per the media reports, The MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) said that the extradition request of Zakir Naik made by India is under the active consideration of the Malasian government and Mahathir's statement came after a day.
Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson said, "We had made a formal request for the extradition of Zakir Naik, who is an Indian national living in Malaysia, as per the extradition treaty we have with Malaysia. At this stage, our request is under the active consideration of Malaysian side."
Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, the Inspector-General of the Royal Malaysia Police said that Naik was being deported to India it was said on Wednesday. But as per the New Straints Times, Harun denied that no such directive has been issued by the Malaysian government so far.
In regards to Naik’s departure till yet Indian Government is waiting to receive an official confirmation from Malaysia.
Sources said, "The MEA had made a formal request to Government of Malaysia for his extradition this year in January and has been pursuing it through diplomatic channels. We have seen media reports regarding the deportation of Zakir Naik by the Malaysian government. We are yet to receive official confirmation in this regard from Malaysian Government."
NIA (National Investigation Agency) has also denied to have any information about his departure to India. Naik has the charges of provocative communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. A request have been sent by the Indian government to the Malaysian government for his departure. Naik also have probe in India and Bangladesh as he is the suspect in the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016 wherein it is claimed that they were inspired by his preaching.
The MEA has asked Malaysia to hand over Naik to India and has also cancelled his passport. He also raised a petition in Bombay High Court asking for relief against the cancellation of his passport by MEA. Last year Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia has confirmed that he hold a permanent residency in Malaysia.